My Book and Me

My Book and Me lesson plan

What do self-portraits reveal about the painter? What do books reveal about a reader?

  • 1.

    Organize students into small groups. Provide each group with self-portraits of famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo, daVinci, Frieda Kahlo, Mary Cassatt, etc. Ask students to discuss the qualities they observe highlighted about each artist.

  • 2.

    Have students shift the focus of their conversation to the books we read. What do reading choices tell about the reader? Ask student groups to make a list of their contributions and be prepared to share these with the entire class.

  • 3.

    Students groups share their ideas about what books tell about their readers.

  • 4.

    Invite students to shift the focus of their conversations to the books we read. What do reading choices tell about the reader? Ask groups to make a list of their contributions and be prepared to share these with the entire class.

  • 5.

    Provide students with several pieces of construction paper, Crayola Washable Markers, Glue Sticks, and Scissors. Have them create self-portraits, including body and appendages. Remind them how famous artists depicted themselves in self-portraits. Glue all body parts together.

  • 6.

    Students create a cover for one of their favorite books. Included on the cover are the title and names of author and illustrator. A glue stick can be used to attach the covers to their self-portraits.

  • 7.

    Groups share their ideas about what books tell about their readers.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • Students work in pairs to create portraits of partners and identify the partner's favorite read. Post artwork in the classroom for viewing and further discussion.